Why did so many women wear purple at the inauguration?

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Why did so many women wear purple at the inauguration?




Kamala Harris swore her oath of office all in purple.


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Kamala Harris swore her oath of office all in purple.


Appropriate clothing belongs to a historical event. It is therefore no coincidence that purple was such a dominant color at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

It was a historic day on stage. Kamala Harris was the first person of color and the first woman to take the oath of office as Vice President of the United States. For this historic event, Harris dressed all in purple. Ex-first-lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton also wore purple, as did ex-first-lady Michelle Obama, albeit a different shade. Senator and ex-presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren also joined the color scheme.

But why?

First Violet is the color of the suffragettes (derived from English suffrage = right to vote), so the fighters for the right of women for political rights. That is why the women’s strike in Switzerland in 2019 was marked purple.


The 2019 women's strike in Zurich.


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The 2019 women’s strike in Zurich.


Secondly Purple was the color of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for the US presidency after becoming the first African American woman in the US House of Representatives in 1968, according to CNN. In the 1972 election campaign, she used the color purple for her leaflets.

Third In US politics, purple is the color of unity. Because the mixture of the party colors red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) results in purple. Bringing the two divided US political camps back together is up to the Biden / Harris administration.

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